The Personal Chronology Of Arthur Chappell

Photo taken by Smuzz – Me as a mime artist
Preston, England
November 19, 2015 10:00pm CST
My life in keynote events Like Charles Dicken’s hero, David Copperfield I’ll start by being born. 1962 9th February – My birth 1963 – 14th March – My sister is born 1973 – Started High school 1975 – Face slashed in a broken bottle knife attack – left with 18 stitches in left cheek 1977 –June - First holiday abroad, visiting Sweden, Russia, Finland, Germany and Denmark 1978 – June 6th – The death of my father, aged 49 1980 – Left High School – unemployed for 18 months 1981 May – Invited on a date at a meditation lecture – actually my seduction into a viscous religious cult 1981 – October 28th – My full membership and conversion to the Divine Light Mission Cult 1981 – December – My first employment as department store warehouse assistant – the cult got most of my earnings. 1985 – August – I finally escape from the cult. 1986 – I return to college and university education 1987 – May – My first short stories are published 1989 – My first poetry is published 1990 – June – I graduated with a literature / philosophy Humanities Bachelor of Arts Degree 1992 -2000 – I was elected secretary of the Manchester Humanists 1997 – My first visit to an Eastercon Science Fiction Convention (Liverpool) 1998 – August 19th – I launched my first personal web page. The Internet has yet to recover. 1999 – I join a Manchester based science fiction group – still involved. 2003 - May - My first battle as a member of The Sealed Knot English Civil War re-enactment society 2003 – I was the last ever winner of the Creatures Of The Night poetry slam competition. 2003 – August / September – My first visit to a Worldcon science Fiction Convention, (in Toronto) 2012 – August - Joined the Manchester Armchair Philosopher’s Group. 2013 November – 2014 – March – Community radio presenter in North Manchester 2015 September – Joined Mylot Arthur Chappell
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• United States
20 Nov 15
Wow, quite the life, my friend!
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• Canada
20 Nov 15
Interesting life so far! I think you made us all a bit curious about your time in the cult.
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 my cult years are well documented on various sites and even a long video of one of my talks online, but I will mention aspects of it here from time to time too
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Nov 15
what prompted the escape from, if you dont mind me asking. I cant imagine those kinds of things are easy to just walk away from
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
gradual disillusionment but the last straw was when they got nasty with a girl I was dating - they blamed her for seducing me away from them, but I was already quitting on them when I met her - she came to a few meetings to be with me but didn't take to it mostly from picking up on my own negativity and they turned on her - someone even pushed her over in a house corridor which I didn't see happen so I walked out. Sadly I broke up with her soon afterwards too
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Nov 15
@arthurchappell well break up or not, she was where you needed her to be when you needed an out, sounds like maybe she was an angel, of a sort.
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt yes, she was around at the right time. She was the flatmate of another member of the cult. She actually had another boyfriend who she was assuring me she had split up with but she hadn't. I was effectively the guy she was cheating with rather than the guy she was cheating on, which I wasn't comfortable about so I broke up with her
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20 Nov 15
wow, you have had quite a life! i'm very interested in the time with the cult! that was awhile! have you written about it?
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
yes, I have lots of articles out already on my cult experiences and a full book account too (self published)
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Nov 15
Well, we have a few things in common and envy you your publications
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• Austin, Texas
9 Sep 16
At least you've lived an interesting enough life to write the events as notes. I'm afraid I'd put you to sleep with my notes. When I start writing facts about myself, I start yawning.
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• Preston, England
9 Sep 16
@cmoneyspinner I don't find me that thrilling
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• Austin, Texas
9 Sep 16
@arthurchappell - Dude! You survived a knife attack and escaped a cult. You lived to tell! You are more than thrilling. You can inspire others.
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• Preston, England
9 Sep 16
@cmoneyspinner I see it as the things that happen to me and that I see are interesting rather than me
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• India
21 Nov 15
Thrilling and challenging experiences. Escaping from a cult group is really a great experience.
• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
yes, though I would rather have never joined it in the first place
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• India
26 Nov 15
@arthurchappell I read your article in bubblews. You had the same user name. Am I right?
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• Preston, England
27 Nov 15
@vickyblogs yes it was originally a Bubblews feature - I am recycling a few of those onto here when I salvage them. Why lose them forever?
@marguicha (102291)
• Chile
20 Nov 15
Funny how older people were born on the same year as my eldest daughter. Maybe we all should write a post such as yours. It is a wonderful way to relate to each other in a deeper way. Hi friend!
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
it is quite easy to do - you just think about the big landmark events that have shaped your life and set them out in order.
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@marguicha (102291)
• Chile
20 Nov 15
@arthurchappell I know. Only I hadn´t thought of it as a post. And I liked yours.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
24 Nov 15
Glad you got out of that cult. What is your book about the cult called?
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• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
Brainwashed! A Cult Survivor's Tale.
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• United Kingdom
20 Nov 15
I was in San Francisco 1979 and got caught up in the Moonie cult - for a day and a night. How cunning they were inviting my friend and I to a wineless 'party' on Bush Street if I recall. Dozens of us younger folk at that indoctrination seminar, I wasn't too worried about the situation but when the initiates began to hassle us invited guests for dollars to pay for a 3 day camp in northern California my friend and I headed for the exit. That's when the real trouble started - they physically attempted to restrain us!! Couldn't believe their response. Eventually we managed to skidaddle down stairs, grab our shoes and boots, and say a quick Adios. Those poor guys, I can see their pale stressed out faces to this day. No brainwashing for us that day. And the vegetarian soup was really very tasty. Reverand Moon, thank you for the croutons.
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
@LongTongueScrog wow you were lucky. Moonie brainwashing, or as they call it, love bombing, really starts once you get to the more isolated camps and can't get away without them taking you. Unusual for them to obstruct people leaving at a preliminary meeting, so they were probably desperate to meet a recruiting target - you did well to get out so early on
@koopharper (6837)
• Canada
20 Nov 15
Sounds like you missed out on a lot of opportunities for boredom. Outlived your dad. Must've been pretty tough losing him that early in the game. I'm lucky I still have mine although I live far away and can't visit him much.
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@WorDazza (10091)
• Manchester, England
27 Nov 15
Wow. That's some life. I would do a similar post but mine would be somewhat shorter and far less interesting!!
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Nov 15
Wow, you have led a very interesting and versatile life.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Nov 15
What an interesting life you've had. I'm glad you managed to get out of the cult. They can't be good.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
20 Nov 15
So you were in a cult? Fascinating.
• Temple, Texas
20 Nov 15
Wow, you have led quite an interesting life.
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
@meltean59 That is stretched over 53 years but yes it has been eventful